Surprise! The Second Amendment Means What It Says!
221 years ago this September, the founding document of the United States became the Law of the Land. Attached to main document was a list of ten amendments which came to be known as the Bill of Rights. Since the Constitution's ratification, and specifically since Marbury vs. Madison, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS or The Supremes) has taken it upon itself to decide the meaning of the various articles phrases, and clauses which make up this truly inspired document.
Sometimes the Supremes get it right. Sometimes they get it dreadfully wrong. This week's decisions brought a little of both. In the Kennedy vs. Louisiana case, they blew it. Simply put, if raping a young child doesn't the offender for the Death Penalty, then I question the wisdom of those who set the qualifications. I seem to remember a scriptural reference to tying millstones around those who "offend" little ones.
But I digress.
Yesterday, for the first time in the history of the Supremes, the Court took under its magnifying glass the Second Amendment which reads:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. (Emphasis Added)
The issue posed by the case before the Supremes was whether or not the City of Washington, DC had violated the Constitution by enforcing a near-total ban on private gun ownership in the District. Gun bans are supposed to reduce crime, but crime stats prove that if DC isn't America's Murder Capitol, its nearly always running a close second or third.
In short, DC is the city personification of the NRA bumper sticker which reads "When guns are outlawed, only Outlaws will have guns." Good thing in-laws can't have guns. That would be scary!
On the Gun Case, the Supremes broke along ideological lines with Kennedy as the swing vote. Gun control advocates had hoped for a different ruling whereby the Supremes would have effectively repealed the Second Amendment without the need for the long drawn out amendment process. Five votes are much easier to round up than the vote percentage required by the Constitution. Congratulations, DC residents. You can now legally own a firearm.
The next POTUS will appoint at least one and probably two members to SCOTUS. Having seen BO's (no, evidently I can't refer to him in classic three initial presidential style) foundationless judgment over the course of this campaign, the closest I ever want him to get to a SCOTUS choice is casting his advise and consent vote in the Senate.
Here endeth the lesson.